Luvo Manyonga reacts after winning long jump gold at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Photo: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

JOHANNESBURG - World long-jump champion Luvo Manyonga has announced his split from coach Neil Cornelius, citing distance as a major factor in his decision.

Manyonga left the University of Pretoria relocating to Port Elizabeth to be closer to his family, with Cornelius coaching the long-jump phenom remotely. 

Newton Agency sent out a statement on behalf of Manyonga announcing the split and stating he was yet to announce a replacement.

“Neil Cornelius, my coach for the past three years, has guided and mentored me to become World Champion, Olympic silver medallist and Diamond League champion,” Manyonga said.

“I want to thank him for everything he has done for me. I could not have achieved what I have without his encouragement.”

Manyonga and Cornelius have formed a successful combination since they joined forces in 2015, first winning the silver medal at the Olympic Games before a stellar 2017 season which included the world title.

He leapt over 8.60m on four occasions in 2017 setting new South African records with leaps of 8.62m and 8.65m.

“After such great success, I have had to take stock of where I am and look to find new ways to push the boundaries of performance and continuous improvement,” Manyonga said.

“Considering the change in location and my practical, every-day requirements, I have made a decision to change my performance team and explore other coaching opportunities.”

Manyonga broke the South African and African indoor record winning the silver medal at the global showpiece in Birmingham with a leap of 8.44m.

IOL Sport

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